By: Michael Bernabe (photography)
Sofas are much more than a place to perch our derrières while we catch up with Game of Thrones. As a focal point within one of the key rooms in the house, a settee is an important reflection of our home and lifestyle. Expat readers give the reasons behind why they chose their sofas in Singapore. Check out our round-up of the 30 best readers’ living rooms in this gorgeous gallery.
Hege Tiller, Norwegian
After three years in Singapore we moved back to Bergen, Norway, in 2011, to our fully renovated house by the sea. Our new home needed furniture, and so we started the hunt here for a sofa to take back, as well as barstools for our kitchen.
I first heard of “Sofa” Vince of Centrepiece Furnishing from my friends, some of whom were ordering sofas, chairs, dining chairs, headboards and benches for their homes or mountain cabins. All the talk about designs, colours and customisation you could get from Vince made me decide to get in touch with him.
Vince was patient when listening to our wishes. We decided on a Slettvoll design, which is well known back home, but often very expensive. We chose a classic but modern design, and ended up with two two-and-a-half-seaters in a good quality, light-grey fabric.
The design and colour fit with the Nordic style that we had chosen for our home. The light grey wooden floor, the dark grey, high-gloss kitchen and the white walls were a perfect match. The five barstools that were made for our kitchen were painted in the same colour, and the seats got turquoise covers to take in the colours from the view of the sea outside our big kitchen windows.
Now we are back in Singapore, along with the two sofas, which are a match for the grey marble floor and white walls in our Sentosa home. We will definitely get Vince to make more items for us.
Centrepiece Furnishing, 7030 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Northstar@AMK #06-62, 9030 5057
Louise Daley, Australian
My existing sofa was to be used on the mezzanine of my new apartment so I needed one for the living area. A friend of mine found Danish Design online, and I was interested in the fact that you shopped in a warehouse rather than a retail environment. I also love the clean lines and design aspects of Danish furniture, so that guided my search.
The shopping experience was wonderful. Rhiannon really cares about getting the result right, rather than just seeing an opportunity to sell. I was originally looking for a dining table and outdoor furniture, and the sofa is my third purchase from Danish Design.
I bought the Eilersen Giga sofa with an upgraded fabric, Misty, which is grey in colour, along with sand-coloured back cushions. Its colour is in keeping with the industrial style of the apartment. It’s a great size for the space, and has moveable back cushions so you can seat facing front or back without moving it – ideal for me. It’s also low, which retains the sense of space in the apartment.
I’m thrilled with this purchase and already have a Gloster outdoor set, as well as a Naver extendable dining table. My dining table was going to take some time to manufacture and I was moving apartments before it was due to arrive, so I was facing the prospect of not having a table at all. Rhiannon offered to lend me a dining table until mine arrived, which I happily accepted. This service makes the Danish Design team so great.
Danish Design (multiple locations), Century Warehouse #08-01, 100E Pasir Panjang Road, 6270 8483
Rani Swords, Australian
I recently moved from Hong Kong to Singapore, and I decided to furnish my apartment from scratch. I was renowned amongst my friends in Hong Kong for having great-looking sofas (I changed them every three years), but also the most uncomfortable! For me it was all about the aesthetic.
This time I decided I was going to focus on comfort and luxury. I wanted something reminiscent of my own private island in my living room that I wouldn’t want to leave.
It was by accident that I came across Design Intervention and Wendy Smith. A friend recommended the company to me, and after meeting Wendy and the team, I thought they really understood my vision and lifestyle. Wendy was able to open my eyes and senses to new interior ideas and expressions that I never thought I would appreciate, and make them real.
There are two key sofas in my apartment. One is part of the dining set. Wendy came up with the great idea of having a sofa on one side of the table and clear chairs on the other. The couch can comfortably seat three people. We chose a very pretty floral and bird design in blue hues, backed by blue velvet. This material is use in the cushions interspersed around the apartment, giving an aesthetic flow.
The main feature in the lounge area is the U-shape couch. It’s a modern chesterfield design, resplendent in blue velvet. The foot squares are detachable, which allows for more seating. This is without doubt my favourite purchase; I could not want for anything more in a sofa.
Design Intervention, 75e Loewen Road, 6506 0920
Sanchita Mahajan, British
We were moving from two separate seating areas in our reception to a single integrated one. This required a large central sofa to go with our beautiful carpet and create a tidy flow-through from our dining table.
I had seen Gallery 278 featured in Expat Living nine years ago when I moved to Singapore, and had popped in then. Several years later, I bought a few odds and ends, and thus began my relationship with Felicia from Gallery 278. She is an amazing lady and moves seamlessly from her role of designer and entrepreneur to that of advisor and confidante.
Due to the extremely colourful collection of carpets, art and other bric-à-brac I have at home, I wanted a white sofa with clean lines. I already have a beautiful white leather sofa whose lines I love; I wanted Felicia to replicate that for me in fabric.
I’m happy with my sofa, although in hindsight I feel that I should have specified removable covers. I will always be happy to go back to Felicia because of how keenly she shares in my enthusiasm and vision for my home. She always tries to work around existing loved items, and what she calls “superstars”.
Gallery 278 , 278 River Valley Road, 6737 2322
Rima Shrivastava Australian
We recently moved into a retro 1960s house and were looking for our furniture to reflect our love for modern retro pieces and be in keeping with the house’s aesthetic. We were looking for a stylish, functional sofa, and this one from Originals fit the bill perfectly.
It’s a charcoal-grey three-seater with wooden legs and buttons. It has a lovely structure, and is very well made with an emphasis on quality. It suits our style and fits in beautifully with our retro, modern yet classic home. In fact, we intend to get another two-seater in the same design. We call it our Mad Men sofa, as it is reminiscent of the one in the opening credits of our favourite television series. It was also very well priced.
I heard about Originals when we moved nearly five years ago, and love its beautiful collection. The service is exceptional and Originals has always been able to help me find the perfect pieces for my home. I love the sprawling store at the Sime Derby Centre, and I find it easy to shop there as the staff are so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and the design, layout and setting make it easy to imagine the furniture in your home.
We also have some beautiful Indian cabinets from Originals, in an array of colours, in almost every room of our home, as well as three leather chairs for our home office in black and tan soft leather, and a small study desk. They are stylish and functional. Originals is my “go to” store for any furniture requirements.
Originals, 896 Dunearn Road, #02-03 Sime Darby Centre, 6471 9918
Sacha Lee, British
My partner and I came out to Singapore from the UK, and I was 33 weeks pregnant at the time. Our condo was brand new and unfurnished, but we had been directed towards WTP via Rob’s company. Fortunately, they made our sofa before our baby was born – in fact, it only took a couple of weeks for them to make it to order.
I found that WTP gave exceptional customer care with a genuine personal touch. We required something L-shaped with good width, and a foam top and feather backing. WTP has a wide selection of colours to choose from, but we wanted something sleek and sharp that would suit our contemporary condo in River Valley, so we went for dark grey.
The sofa is probably my favourite piece of the furniture that we have purchased; it was very comfortable while I was pregnant, and is now so perfect for looking out across the Singapore skyline, and enjoying the peace and quiet once our baby has been put to bed.
We also purchased our beds, televisions, console table and coffee table from WTP. We’ve had many positive comments about the coffee table, which looks like a sliced section of a tree.
I love my sofa. Not only does it fit well in our modern apartment, but we’ve had many good naps on it too!
WTP, 3 Kung Chong Road, 6235 2760
Karen Richmond, British
Our old sofas were dated and uncomfortable and needed replacing, and we were looking for a new one that was stylish, colourful, comfortable and easy to clean.
Domicil is a shop we have visited many times, as it is at the end of our road. We like the clean lines and quality of the furniture there. The staff are very helpful and we have never had a bad experience.
Our first purchase at Domicil was a leather chair for the lounge, in a very simple style, with good quality leather and in a cream colour that fitted in with our colour scheme. We then purchased four small, leather dining-room chairs. We are currently using these at the dining table, but when we return to our house in Spain they will be used in the lounge. They again are good quality and extremely comfortable. We then bought the sofa, which, like our other purchases, will be taken with us – our main priority is that the pieces fit into our house in Spain, both in style and colour.
We’re continually looking at the furniture in Domicil and I’m sure more purchases will be made in future.
Domicil, 56 Tanglin Road #02-01/02, 6735 0511
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